The Matter of Death: Space, Place and Materiality

Hockey, Jenny; Komaromy, Carol and Woodthorpe, Kate eds. (2010). The Matter of Death: Space, Place and Materiality. Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.



This stimulating and thought-provoking book is focused on the various spaces, places and material culture with which people come into contact when dealing with death. It covers the disciplinary perspectives of anthropology, history, sociology and theology and its scope , ranges across the spaces in hospitals where death occurs, to the spaces in which bodies are viewed after death; considers the political nature of memorialising activities, and the therapeutic value of visiting places of death, for example after suicide. The chapters provide rich and current data from a large number of recent UK-based and international projects that examine various forms of death, dying and bereavement, providing insight into the different ways in which dying and bereaved people interact with the environment around them, and ‘the matter’ of death

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